Why buy a Audi A4 B7 Petrol Avant Quattro?

The petrol version of Audi's B7 A4 in Quattro Avant form is a rare breed. Here's the Top reasons why it's our family wagon

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Here they are then. The 7 reasons why I bought a 2007 Audi A4 S-Line Avant 2.0 TFSI Quattro.

Number 7 - Practicality

For me practicality is having a car with more than 2 x doors. This does so it works. It makes life with small people who are less small than they used to be easier. It saves them from clambering in and out and saves you your sanity as you wait for them to do it. No matter how much you say kids won’t change you and no matter how much you try to rebel against family cars the truth is with kids, back doors are just easier and therefore better.

Number 6 - Budget

Without going into specifics the car needed to be less than £4 or 5k and it also needed to not be in the higher car tax band here in the UK. This is a stop gap car and £570 a year car tax for a car you’re not planning on keeping very long when you already have a high tax band car is a bit hard to swallow.

S-Line models have a deeper front spoiler and a bigger lip

S-Line models have a deeper front spoiler and a bigger lip

Number 5 - Performance

We do not like cars that are slow. This is no S4 or RS4 but still the minimum criteria was 0-60 in under 8 seconds. This car will not be tearing up the Surrey countryside but will mean you can pull out of junctions and get up to speed when you need to.

Number 4 - Four Wheel Drive

For the last 10 years at we’ve always had a 4wd in the fleet. The thought of not having one was a bit weird. Yes you don’t really need it most of the time but sometimes you do and when you do it's nice to know you have it. The grip and control in this Torsen based Quattro on the greasy, leaf strewn, damp Surrey backroads is phenomenal and so worth the extra cash over the normal 2 front wheel drive version.

S-line models also have a badge at the front to tell other Audi owners it isn't an S4 or an RS4

S-line models also have a badge at the front to tell other Audi owners it isn't an S4 or an RS4

Number 3 - Interior Cloth!

Cloth interior. There I said it. For years we have allowed ourselves to be seduced by the apparent luxury of a leather interior. Our kids are so used to seeing leather in cars that when we bought the camper with a fabric interior they actually thought it was an upgrade. They couldn’t understand why leather was the premium option when it gets hot in the winter, cold in the summer and allows you to slide about all over the place. Do you know what? They were right. Little did they know that our leather fetish came from the need to keep things clean as a result of them being small children. Now they’re older they’re a bit better at not melting chocolate buttons into their seats.

18" 5 spoke alloy wheels are also part of the S-Line package on the B7 range.

18" 5 spoke alloy wheels are also part of the S-Line package on the B7 range.

Number 2 - Steering wheel buttons

Small one here but the last few cars we’ve had didn’t have steering wheel buttons. Which for budget fam-wagon smokers you can sort of put up with. However, I quite like steering wheel buttons. To me buttons on a steering wheel are like a double oven cooker. Sure you can live without them but they just make life a little bit easier when the family are over for Sunday dinner.

Number 1 - The gearbox

.We wanted an automatic! Unless your car is very small, a sports car or a specialist 4wd autos in 2020 are just better. Manual gearboxes are tedious. Except when the manual equivalent is so easy to use. Honestly the clutch and gear change in this car is by far one of the easiest I’ve ever used. With the armrest down it’s so easy to drive it isn’t really tedious at all. It also gives you a better feel and ultimately better control over the car that I don’t think you’d get from an auto. Which is handy. Especially when you're trying to slide it around the slippery back roads of Surrey!

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